Drips and the intriguing contrast formed by a combination of hard edged lines and hazy contours interweave through the vast expanses of void space in Jennifer Gough’s acrylic and mixed media paintings. A self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, Gough’s process is governed by massive, sweeping brushstrokes and revels in the sheer emotional physicality of mark-making. Her careful use of color and texture highlights dramatic and powerful gestural compositions and communicates a wide array of emotional vacillations. Playing with the visual border of order and chaos, the works make a compelling case for self-evolution. Although abstract in nature and open to multiple interpretations, Gough is clear about imbuing her paintings with a positive and uplifting intention, “I want people to view my work and feel empowered… connected to their own potential… inspired by possibilities.”
Jennifer Gough was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She currently lives and works in the Kitchener/Waterloo region where she runs M.E.S.A (Minds Eye Studio Art), a studio and gallery she founded herself. Gough was recently named “Best Local Artist” by the Cord Community.